Jordan Peele’s new horror film terrified audiences and shattered expectations at the box office this weekend.
“Us,” the director’s second film, made an estimated $70.3 million in North America – more than tripling its production budget of $20 million.
The film was initially projected by industry experts to bring in closer to $45 million this weekend.
The R-rated film stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as parents trying to fend off an attack from evil Doppelgängers.
“Us” is another hit for Peele and Universal.
Peele’s “Get Out” was a critically acclaimed blockbuster in theaters two years ago.
It hauled in $255 million at the box office globally – $33 million on its opening weekend.
“Us” represents another horror hit for Hollywood.
Scary films such as “It,” “Halloween” and “A Quiet Place” have made big money on low budgets in recent years.
Strong reviews and word of mouth helped propel “Us.” The film has a 94% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes and has been building buzz since its premiere at Austin’s SXSW conference earlier this month.